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Fresh fruit reduces the risk of Type 2 Diabetes

According to a study conducted by Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Australia and published in the Journal of Clinical and Endocrinology and Metabolism, two servings of fresh fruit is associated with reducing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by more than 33%.

People who ate at least two servings of fruit a day showed higher measures of insulin sensitivity compared to those who ate less than half.

Among the 7,675 Australians who participated in the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute's AusDiab study, those who ate at least two servings of fruit had a 36 percent lower risk of developing the most common form of diabetes.

"In addition to being rich in vitamins and minerals, fruits are a great source of phytochemicals that can increase insulin sensitivity and fiber that helps regulate blood sugar release and also helps people feel more satiated for longer," said Dr. Nicola Bondonno, study leader.

She added: "Most fruits have a low glycemic index, which means that the sugar in the fruit is digested and absorbed by the body more slowly."

The Setubal YMCA is working with YMCA Canada, the University of British Culumbia, and IPS to develop a program to prevent Type 2 Diabetes.

Fonte: Notícias ao Minuto

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